Zoo Dresden

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General information about Dresden Zoo


Welcome to Dresden Zoo!
 Welcome to Dresden Zoo!
Covering around 13 hectares, our Zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals and over 250 species. Our animal residents offer a fascinating journey through all the continents.  Discover vicunas, nandus and capybara in the South America section, or Asian hoofed animals such as the rare golden takin and hog deer, as well as Asian small-clawed otters and orang-utans. And don’t forget to stop by at the Tundra aviary or see the Australian red kangaroo. For a real highlight, check out our African animals and the koalas!

Over the last few years, we have taken care to modernise and enlarge many of our animal enclosures, making them as natural as possible. The Humboldt penguins now have a new site where visitors can marvel at the swimming skills of these South American birds through large glass panels. Regional co-housing of animals across larger areas – such as the South America section and the giraffe and zebra enclosure – has also been established by combining individual enclosures. Map of Dresden Zoo

Always worth a visit!

General information about Dresden Zoo


Africa house
View in the new Africa house
The Africa section of the zoo – extending from the Africa house through the lion and caracal gorge and on to the giraffe and zebra enclosure (opened in 2008) – was completed when the old seal pool was converted into the visitor-accessible ring-tailed lemur island.

This was preceded by comprehensive upgrades and new constructions, all of which have turned the zoo into a real gem. The Africa house opened its gates in 1998, followed by the visitor-accessible Tundra aviary in 1999.

After construction, the Africa house was opened in April 2018. As the roof is self-supporting, there was no need for pylons, so the entire width of the house is open to the animals. Even the former visitors’ walkway has been given over to the elephants. This means that they now have more than double the amount of indoor space. The soft sand floor not only keeps them occupied, but is also more comfortable for them. It wasn’t long before Mogli was rolling around in a specially created sand pile and reaching her trunk over the electric fence to take a cheeky nibble on a palm – one of more than 450 plants that give the new Africa house its authentic savannah atmosphere.

The nine members of the mandrill troop are also settling into their new home well. As rainforest creatures, baboons like to be up high, and this was taken into consideration during the extensive renovation of the indoor space. The steel mesh enables these animals, known for their strikingly coloured faces, to climb to heights of seven metres and catch a glimpse of their elephant neighbours. Visitors and mandrills are no longer separated by a moat. Now they can see each other face-to-face through the large panoramic windows. 
 
The naked mole-rats and elephant shrews have also been moved from their homes in the entrance area and are back on display.

After opening the Africa house for animals and visitors, the outdoor enclosure for the elephants were renovate, too. So the zoo now is able to keep a bull elephant temporarily. In november 2018 the bull Tembo was moved from Berlin to Dresden.  Map of Dresden Zoo

Modernisations

Africa house, Walk through enclosure for Ring-tailed lemurs, Tundra aviary…


Prof. Brandes-Haus
Prof. Brandes-Haus
The Africa section of the zoo – extending from the Africa house through the lion and caracal gorge and on to the giraffe and zebra enclosure (opened in 2008) – was completed when the old seal pool was converted into the visitor-accessible ring-tailed lemur island.

This was preceded by comprehensive upgrades and new constructions, all of which have turned the zoo into a real gem. The Africa house opened its gates in 1998, followed by the visitor-accessible Tundra aviary in 1999. The Humboldt penguins got a new pool, while the historic Predator cliffs were converted into the current lion and caracal gorge with a zoo museum in the visitors’ room.

Another beautiful section was opened in July 2010, called “Prof. Brandes Haus”. This enclosure was designed as a tropical area, and offers a natural habitat to guerezas, woolly monkeys, Emperor tamarins and sloths. A real highlight in this are our two koalas. These adorable creatures are one of Australia`s national animals and get fresh eucalyptus every day at 9:30 am. Wednesday and Sunday: 11 am animal keeper meet-up point, weighing the koalas. In spring 2019 a female koala will move to Dresden.
  Map of Dresden Zoo

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